PG&E Begins Daily Aerial Patrols to Spot and Speed Wildfire Response

Source: Pacific Gas and Electric Company  |  2017-06-22
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Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has begun daily aerial fire detection patrols across hundreds of miles of its service area. The patrols are to assist the U.S. Forest Service, CAL FIRE and local fire agencies with early fire detection and response this summer. PG&E is launching the patrols this week due to an increase in fire danger from rising temperatures, coupled with the potential for winds. The patrols also will occur in time for the Independence Day holiday with its risk of fires sparked by illegal or misuse of “Safe and Sane” fireworks.

“Even though the drought emergency has been lifted in most California counties, the wet winter resulted in a significant grass crop. That, with 102 million dead trees in our forests, is a potentially dangerous combination. We all must remain vigilant this summer when it comes to wildfire prevention and preparation,” said Kevin Dasso, PG&E vice president of Electric Asset Management.

The patrols will run until October 31, unless conditions allow for an earlier end. Five planes will fly daily routes from late afternoon until dusk, when wildfires are most likely to ignite with hot, dry weather at its peak.

Using fixed-wing aircraft, fire spotters will operate along these routes:

  • Redding to Auburn in the Northern Sierra
  • Auburn to Auberry in the Southern Sierra
  • Redding to Humboldt to Lake County
  • Vacaville to Solvang near the coast
  • Mendocino County

The patrols are coordinated through PG&E’s aerial operations. The Mendocino County route is co-funded by PG&E and run by the Mendocino County Aerial Fire Patrol Co-Operative. The Co-Op patrol will begin July 1 and run through October 15.

In 2016, the third year of the patrols, PG&E and Mendocino Co-Op planes spotted 142 fires, and in seven instances, PG&E was first to report the fires to CAL FIRE or the U.S. Forest Service. Early detection of smoke or fire allows fire agencies to quickly respond to accurate locations to put out fires before they spread.

“CAL FIRE has responded to over 1,700 wildfires since January 1, 2017 that have resulted in more than 18,000 acres burned across California,” said Chief Joe Tyler, CAL FIRE’s assistant deputy director of fire protection. “We appreciate the aerial patrols PG&E does to look for potential fire starts, especially in those areas most impacted by the unprecedented tree mortality.”

PG&E funds the patrols as part of its ongoing response to California’s tree mortality emergency caused by years of drought and bark beetle infestation. In addition to its daily aerial fire patrols, PG&E is conducting enhanced ground patrols on 73,000 miles of electric power line to inspect and remove dead and dying trees that could fall into a line and cause a fire. PG&E provided $2 million to local Fire Safe Councils this year to fund 43 fuel reduction projects in 21 counties. The company is also supporting CAL FIRE’s public education campaign to help raise and drive awareness of fire risk, prevention and response.

Dead trees are an extreme fire danger because they allow wildfires to spread rapidly. If you have dead or dying trees on your property, the entire tree needs to be removed. Contact PG&E at 1-800-743-5000 or online at www.pge.com/treesanddrought before removing dead trees near power lines. You can learn more about bark beetle and how to remove dead trees on your property through CAL FIRE’s www.ReadyforWildfire.org.

About PG&E

Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric energy companies in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with more than 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation’s cleanest energy to nearly 16 million people in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit www.pge.com and www.pge.com/news.


Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) thanks customers for their conservation efforts as it came close to breaking an all-time record for electricity use on Thursday, June 22.

While PG&E expected to reach record electricity use, an afternoon and evening sea breeze in the Bay Area provided relief to some of the heat risk and electric demands.

The heat wave drove up energy demand close to levels not seen since 2006 – especially due to air conditioner use to combat the heat. PG&E was ready for the high energy usage and ensured the company had enough energy supply, including renewables like solar energy, to meet the needs of their customers. Once the sun sets and renewables are less abundant on the grid, customer conservation efforts between 4 and 7 p.m. become even more critical.

Since the heat wave first began during the afternoon of Friday, June 16, PG&E has restored approximately 379,000 customers, activated 19 local emergency centers and deployed about 5,100 field employees who supported power restoration during the heat wave. PG&E employees continue to work to restore service for the remaining customers who have experienced heat wave-related outages.

Customer demand for energy during the heat wave on Thursday, June 22 reached its highest point at 20,754 megawatts (MWs). The energy company’s all-time system peak load was on July 25, 2006, when customer demand for electricity hit 22,468 MWs. The California Independent System Operator (ISO), which manages the state’s energy grid, said peak usage across California was 42,000 MWs.

PG&E reminds customers that small behavioral changes can make a big difference in reducing demand on the power grid during periods of extreme heat while helping customers to stay comfortable.

For tips on how to save this summer, visit www.pge.com/summer.


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Firecracker Frenzy Pickleball Tournament Arrives in Rocklin July 1-3

Source: Amy Looney, Placer Valley Tourism  |  2017-06-22

Placer Valley Brings Three-Day Pickleball Event to Courtside Center for Second Year in a Row

Beat the heat and come find out what the fastest growing sport in the nation is all about when Courtside Pickleball Center, Lincoln Hills Pickleball Club and Placer Valley Tourism team up to bring the Firecracker Frenzy Tournament to Rocklin on July 1-3.

Pickleball is a sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong and is an ideal year-round activity as it can easily be played on indoor or outdoor courts. With 11 courts at Courtside Pickleball Center, it is the largest indoor pickleball facility in Northern California.

“We are so fortunate to have Courtside as it is temperature controlled, no sun issue and no wind, which makes for a perfect tournament setting especially this time of year,” stated Craig Fraser, President of the Lincoln Hills Pickleball Club.

This three-day event will showcase pickleball players of all levels starting with the beginner/novice on up through 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4,5 divisions.  Women's Doubles will play on July 1, Mixed Doubles on July 2 and finally the Men's Doubles will hit the courts on July 3.

“Last year, which was our inaugural year for the Firecracker Frenzy, we had 140 participants and we are expecting and hoping for even more this year,” added Fraser.

Games will start at 8 a.m. each day and the medal rounds will begin around noon. There is no fee for spectators and concessions will be available to purchase on-site. Courtside is located at 1104 Tinker Drive in Rocklin so come check out the pickleball action that will pop like only a firecracker frenzy can!

About Placer Valley Tourism
Placer Valley Tourism (PVT) is made up for the 23 hotels in Roseville, Rocklin and Lincoln, California. PVT recruits and supports hundreds of annual events with grants, marketing, volunteers and other services as needed. To learn more about how PVT can help bring your event here, visit www.playplacer.com or call 916-773-5400.


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The Center for Jobs and the Economy recently released its full analysis of the May employment data.

In the State Employment Growth Rankings, California dropped to 3rd place behind Florida and Texas Between May 2016 and May 2017, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data shows the total number of employed in California increased by 250,000 (seasonally adjusted), or 13.4% of the total net employment gains in this period for the United States. California dropped to 3rd place behind Florida (which has a civilian working age population only 55% as large as California’s) at 409,600 and Texas (68% as large) at 254,800.

Measured by percentage change in employment over the year, California dropped to 33rd highest. Adjusted for population, California dropped to 35th.

The report shows California’s Labor Force Participation Rate at its lowest level since 1976. California’s participation rate (seasonally adjusted) in May declined to 62.0%, while the US rate dropped only 0.2 point to 62.7%. Improvement in the unemployment rate at both the California and national levels came from these contractions in the labor force numbers.

The seasonally adjusted California participation rate in May was at its lowest level since 1976. The unadjusted rate was at its second lowest level since 1976. In the recent May Budget Revision, the Governor again pointed to the increasing share of lower wage jobs as one of the prime causes of slowing state revenues growth.

“The level of wages has been revised downward, and cash receipts have been significantly below forecast.” - Gov. Jerry Brown.

Brown continues to not take responsibility for the many lost high paying jobs leaving California for better business climates in other states. California ranks last in the United States for being pro-business. Over one-third of jobs growth over the past 12 months has been in the low wage industries.

For additional information and data about the California economy visit www.centerforjobs.org.

Source: Centerforjobs.org


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Roseville Resident Wins National Playwriting Award

Source: Pioneer Drama Service  |  2017-06-20

Pioneer Drama Service of Denver, CO is proud to announce Roseville resident Michelle Raskey as the winner of the 2017 Shubert Fendrich Memorial Playwriting Contest. Raskey won this year’s national award for her one act play If the Shoe Fits, Buy It!

Currently, Raskey serves as the Executive Director of Roseville Theatre Arts Academy, an award-winning non-profit community theatre dedicated to education and enrichment through the performing arts. Raskey has been involved in theatre for the last 25 years, working with and teaching students of all ages. Her passion is the Treehouse Players, the fractured fairytale portion of RTAA, which annually introduces up to 20,000 students to the excitement of live theatre.

If the Shoe Fits, Buy It! was originally produced by Treehouse Players in 2014 and is a silly fairy tale home shopping network parody that has Cinderella as the fast-talking sales dynamo of the Castle Shopping Network. The play was selected as the winner from hundreds of entries and includes a prize of publication with a $1000 royalty advance. Pioneer Drama Service is one of the largest full-service play publishing companies in the nation and publishes plays and musicals for the amateur stage, including schools, community theatres, and children’s theatres.

Pioneer Drama Service seeks quality manuscripts through the annual Shubert Fendrich Memorial Playwriting Contest. Since 1991, the company has held this contest annually in memory of its founder in order to encourage the development of quality theatrical material for educational and community theater.


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Sierra College Patrons Celebrated the End of Another Successful Year

Source: Sierra College  |  2017-06-20

Left to Right: Betty Wall, Marietta Gonzales, JoAnn Cookman, Barbara Vineyard, Barbara Mortkowitz, Sharon Donaldson. (Not pictured, Julie Stringham) 
-- Photo courtesy of Sierra College Patrons.

The Sierra College Patrons, a support group of the Sierra College Foundation, celebrated the year just past and installed the officers who will guide the group during the 2017 - 2018 academic year at a potluck lunch at the home of out going president, Barbara Vineyard.

The 2016 - 2017 Academic year was filled with milestones and successes. Looking forward to another outstanding year of service, the Patrons new slate of officers were installed at the June meeting. Officiating over the installation was Sierra College Board of Trustees member Bob Romness. Mr. Romness, a resident of Lincoln, CA also serves as an Executive Board Member of the Placer County Foundation and is a local minister. Officers for the 2017 - 2018 academic year are as follows: President - JoAnn Cookman; Vice Presidents - Julie Stringham and Barbara Mortkowitz; Treasurer - Sharon Donaldson; Recording Secretary - Marietta Gonzales; Corresponding Secretary - Betty Wall. Barbara Vineyard will stay on and serve as Parliamentarian.

About the Sierra College Patrons
Formed in 1984, the Patrons provide financial support to the Arts and Humanities departments at Sierra College providing more than $5000 in grants each year. Grants are designed to directly affect students as much as possible. In addition, two $500 scholarships are awarded annually to deserving students in the arts including Music, Art and Drama. Seven small awards of $100 each recognize outstanding students competing in the annual student art show. Further grants may be awarded during the year to enhance the services offered by academic departments. Patrons also support the Sierra College Veteran's Program with an annual contribution. Since its inception, the Patrons have donated more than $350,000 to Sierra College, affecting and improving all aspects of campus life.

Sierra College Rocklin Campus is located at 5100 Sierra College Boulevard, Rocklin, California 95677. There is a $3 parking fee on campus. Parking permits are available at machines located in each parking lot.

For more information about the Patrons, the Sierra College Foundation, and upcoming events at Sierra College, please visit our website at: www.sierracollege.edu

About Sierra College
Sierra College District is rising to meet the needs of our community. Sierra College serves 3200 square miles of Northern CA with campuses in Roseville, Rocklin, Grass Valley, and Truckee. With approximately 125 degree and certificate programs, Sierra College is ranked first in Northern California (Sacramento north) for transfers to four year universities, offers career/technical training, and classes for upgrading job skills. Sierra graduates can be found in businesses and industries throughout the region. More information at www.sierracollege.edu/.


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Maidu Park Makes Way for USA Ultimate Regional Masters Championships

Source: Amy Looney, Placer Valley Tourism  |  2017-06-15

The Ultimate Southwest Regionals Soar into Roseville on June 24-25

Placer Valley Tourism is excited to announce that USA Ultimate will be bringing the Southwest Regional Masters Championships to Maidu Park in Roseville on June 24-25. There will be several different divisions and teams competing in hopes of moving on to the final rounds that will take place in Aurora, Colo. on July 21-23.

USA Ultimate is no stranger to Roseville as several college regional competitions have been held at Maidu in recent years. However, this will be the first time for the Masters and Grand Masters Divisions.

Kerry Karter, USA Ultimate Southwest Region Tournament Director and Great Grand Masters Player, explained that the Men’s Masters is for players 33 to 39 years old, the Men’s Grand Masters is for ages 40 to 49 and Great Grand Masters is 50 and up. Mixed Masters women must be at least 30 years old and men 33 years old.

“Although ultimate is a sport that requires a great amount of physicality, many players continue to play into their 40s and 50s,” commented Karter. “It is a sport that you will see many former basketball, football and soccer players switch over to.”

Ultimate incorporates elements of several sports and is played between two teams using a flying disk where the object of the game is to score by catching a pass in the opponent’s end zone. It continues to be one of the nation’s fastest growing sports!

Come check out these amazing adult athletes take to the fields at Maidu for this exciting competition. Games on Saturday will start at noon and Sunday they will begin at 10 a.m. Maidu Park is located at 1550 Maidu Drive in Roseville.

About Placer Valley Tourism

Placer Valley Tourism (PVT) is made up for the 23 hotels in Roseville, Rocklin and Lincoln, California. PVT recruits and supports hundreds of annual events with grants, marketing, volunteers and other services as needed. To learn more about how PVT can help bring your event here, visit www.playplacer.com or call 916-773-5400.


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Rodney Jay Hance, 51 of Fresno, was sentenced to 27 years and 8 months in state prison on June 8th, 2017, for his actions during a violent confrontation with Placer County Sheriff’s Deputies. On May 16th, 2017, Hance pled no contest to one count of Assault on a Peace Officer with a Semiautomatic Firearm 245(d)(2) of the Penal Code, two counts of Resisting an Executive Officer 69 of the Penal Code, and a one count of Transportation of a Controlled Substance for Sale – Methamphetamine 11379 of the Health and Safety Code. He admitted that he personally used the firearm, that he has a prior strike, and has a prior conviction for Transportation/Possession for Sale of a Controlled Substance.

The charges stem from an incident on January 18th, 2016, when the Placer County Sheriff’s Office had received a report of a man brandishing a firearm in the parking lot of the Loomis Raley’s. A Deputy attempted to contact Hance after he crossed Horseshoe Bar Road; Hance drew a loaded, semi-automatic, 9-millimeter handgun from his rear waistband, turned toward the Deputy, and raised the firearm up and pointed it at the Deputy. Prior to Hance firing the weapon, the Sheriff’s Deputy fired at Hance, causing him to flee through a residential neighborhood and eventually into the parking lot of the Placer County Sheriff’s Office Loomis sub-station, where he took shelter behind parked vehicles and pointed the firearm at several pursuing Deputies. Deputies again engaged Hance, and he was struck several times by gunfire. It was later determined that after the initial confrontation in which Hance drew the firearm, he inadvertently released the magazine from it as he fled. During the second confrontation in the sub-station parking lot, the gun that Hance was pointing was unloaded.

Deputy District Attorney Matt Block prosecuted the case and was pleased with the disposition. Block stated, “We are fortunate that under these circumstances no harm came to Deputies. Mr. Hance only failed in his quest to harm the Deputies because of the skill, professionalism, and training of the Deputies involved in his apprehension. This case illustrates how a split-second decision can make the difference between the life and the death of our Peace Officers.”


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Helping to coordinate fiscal administration and budget oversight of Placer County offices and departments is now under the purview of Kate Sampson, Placer’s new deputy county executive officer for finance.

Sampson complements and rounds out an already dynamic team of three deputy CEOs, each providing organizational leadership over a specific county focus, including Bekki Riggan, who oversees public health and safety services, and Dave Defanti, who oversees planning, development and public works. North Lake Tahoe operations and the Tahoe CEO office is overseen by Jennifer Merchant.

Sampson was previously the community development agency assistant director of administration and finance for El Dorado County, where she focused on budget oversight, process efficiency and departmental coordination.

As deputy CEO, Sampson’s main role will be to coordinate the work of specific county offices and departments, helping analyze and recommend policies and procedures related to those departments. Other responsibilities include: supporting and implementing policies and priorities for the county board of supervisors, providing organizational direction and leadership, coordinating strategic and regional planning efforts and fostering efficient and effective management of the county workforce and activities.

“Kate is experienced in meeting the fiscal challenges faced by local government,” said Placer County Executive Officer David Boesch. “As our county sharpens its focus on rising pension costs and other budget challenges, I know that Kate is the right person to keep the county in excellent financial health.”

“Local governments wrestle with a breathtaking volume of complex challenges, but Placer County’s commitment to preparing for the future with innovative solutions is inspiring,” said Sampson. “I am honored to join such an energetic team of professionals and can’t wait to get to work.”

Sampson began her local government career as a management analyst in the City of Elk Grove, where she spent time learning the ropes of every service line, from public works to risk management. She then assumed the role of budget manager, responsible for performance management and financial forecasting during an unprecedented economic downturn. Under her stewardship, the city adopted balanced budgets that prioritized healthy reserves, economic recovery and uncompromised service delivery.

A native of Northern California, Sampson holds a degree in management and organizational communication from Point Loma Nazarene University. When she’s not in the office, you can find her embarrassing her three sons with enthusiastic cheering at their sporting events or being taken for a walk by her ridiculously large rescue dog, Tucker.


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Summer Sanders Swim Meet Turns 20

Source: Amy Looney, Placer Valley Tourism  |  2017-06-07

Hundreds of Youth Swimmers to Compete at the Roseville Aquatics Complex on June 8-11

California Capital Aquatics (CCA) is diving into the final preparations for the 20th Annual Summer Sanders Swim Meet that will take place at the Roseville Aquatics Complex (RAC) on June 8-11. Placer Valley Tourism is thrilled to be partnering up with CCA again to bring this exciting swimming competition to Placer Valley. Nearly 60 swim teams will be represented from throughout the West Coast and 800 youth swimmers will be competing each day of the meet.

“The concept for this meet from Summer Sanders and her family when it was first introduced back in 1997 was to give something back to her club team, CCA, as well as to the community of Roseville,” commented Alex Ongaco, CCA Meet Director. “From its humble beginnings, it is now the signature meet of Sierra Nevada Swimming (SNS), attracting high caliber swimmers from all over California and even many swimmers outside of the state, across the Western Zone.”

Summer Sanders herself is equally excited about her namesake meet reaching this amazing milestone. “This wonderful meet has grown into something well beyond my wildest imagination, all because of the incredible dedication and hard work of CCA, my club swim team, especially Denna Culpepper (SNS Executive Director),” stated Sanders.

Sanders added, “I cannot believe we are celebrating 20 years and I am truly honored these three days of fierce competition bare my name; thank you parents, coaches, CCA, and of course, all the swimmers for always showing up and swimming your hearts out!”

In keeping with constantly striving to promote a meet with high caliber competition Ongaco explained this will be the first year the Summer Sanders Meet will be designated a Senior+ meet with faster qualifying time standards. In previous years the Summer Sanders Meet was designated a Junior+ meet.

Athletes will check-in on Thursday afternoon, June 8 and the competition will heat up Friday through Sunday with races starting at 8:30 a.m. each day.  So come on down to the RAC located at 3051 Woodcreek Oaks Blvd in Roseville and watch top swimmers race to set new records!

About Placer Valley Tourism

Placer Valley Tourism (PVT) is made up for the 23 hotels in Roseville, Rocklin and Lincoln, California. PVT recruits and supports hundreds of annual events with grants, marketing, volunteers and other services as needed. To learn more about how PVT can help bring your event here, visit www.playplacer.com or call 916-773-5400.


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